Harvard University Housing's (HUH) laundry rooms have received a green makeover in order to help residents save energy and keep water resources clean—not to mention to protect their clothes from fading and wearing out! HRES has teamed up with washer and dryer provider MacGray to design and affix settings labels for all machines. New labels on machines now indicate temperature and speed settings (as machines usually do), allowing you to make the best choice. These labels also point out that cold water options are the most energy efficient. Cold water has also been shown to help clothes stay in great shape much longer.
These highly efficient machines also require only two tablespoons of soap to clean a full load of laundry. They now have prompts reminding residents that they can use this small amount of soap effectively. Using less detergent means saving money (you don't have to replace detergent as often) and protects clothes from soap residues.
HUH also provides other tips for greening the laundry process, including always doing full loads, choosing detergents that aren't harmful to the environment, and cleaning the lint filter before every drying cycle. For a complete copy of the HUH Tips for Greener Laundry, please click on the icon below.